Guy E. Maxwell Scholarship

The Guy E. Maxwell Scholarship Scholarship is available to new entering freshman students enrolled full-time at Winona State University. The students’ must have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and also rank in the top 15 percent of his/her high school graduating class. This award is in addition to your Presidential Honor or Academic Award scholarship.


1. Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) at Winona State University –
2. Each recipient must be classified as a new entering freshman who possesses an ACT composite score of 26.

Background and Motivation
Guy E. Maxwell was born in 1870 on a farm in Mason County, Il. His parents moved to Minnesota settling near Appleton in 1879, where he attended high school through grade eleven. He transferred to Hamline University’s college preparatory academy for his 12 th year. The following year saw him go on in the same university where, in addition to establishing an excellent academic record, he captained the football and baseball teams, served as an orator for the University and met his future wife, Jeannette Evans of St. Paul. He graduated from Hamline in the year 1893. Six years later, after having served as public school administrator for several years, he came to Winona as principal of the model school in 1899. He had just completed him M.A. at Columbia. Guy was unanimously elected president of the State Normal School on August 1, 1904. In 1904 the Normal School was still comparatively small, low profile operation, it was housed in one building and had 23 faculty serving 368 students. On March 19, 1921 the Winona State Normal School was given a new name: Winona State Teachers College. The death of President Maxwell on January 3, 1939, came as a great shcok to the college and the community. The President had come to Winona State some forty years after its beginning. He served the institution for practically another forty years, the first four as a faculty member followed by 35 as its head. Its curriculum was restricted to one and two-year programs for elementary teachers. Its campus consisted of a part of a city block on which there was a main building, along with a dormitory for women. By the time of his death the Normal had become a Teachers College with a full program for elementary and secondary teachers, had doubled the enrollment, added a new library, a new main building, several residence halls, and a campus school. The college had weathered the first World War, the post-war depressions, and finally the Great Depression of the ˜30s. Through is all, during one of the longest tenures in office in the system, Maxwell had been steady, progressive, professional leader which the Board felt he would be when it appointed him back in 1904. More than a few have stated that he must have been one of the best, perhaps the very best president in the history of the system.

Incoming Freshman Scholarships